Jul 222016

Autism Spectrum Disorders (Medical Psychiatry)

Presenting examples that highlight the efficacy of the dimensional approach in autism spectrum research, this reference analyzes the three core symptom domains: social, communication, and repetitive/compulsive behavior, to determine the neurobiology, pathophysiology and treatment of specific autistic components and improve assessment and intervention regimens for a wide range of pervasive developmental disorders.

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Jul 222016

How to Live with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Practical Strategies for Parents and Professionals

By (author): Chris Williams, Barry Wright

This accessible and valuable introduction to caring for a child with autism is an ideal resource for teachers and members of a child with autism’s immediate and extended family. In clear and simple language, with many illustrations, the authors tackle common problems experienced in everyday routines such as eating, sleeping and going to the toilet, as well as how to cope with aggression and tantrums, preoccupations and compulsions and how to enable better communication and socialising. Based on up-to-date research and using many case examples, the authors consider step-by-step why each problem may be happening and suggest a number of solutions.
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Jul 212016

Being of Two Minds: The Vertical Split in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

By (author): Arnold I. Goldberg

From the unfaithful husband to the binge eater, from the secret cross-dresser to the pilferer of worthless items, there are those who seem to live two lives, to be divided selves, to be literally of two minds. This division or “vertical split” appears in a person at odds with himself, a person who puzzles over, and even heartily dislikes, that parallel person who behaves in so repugnant a manner. In Being of Two Minds, Arnold Goldberg provides trenchant insight into such divided minds – their origins, their appearances, and their treatment.

Goldberg’s inquiry into divided minds leads to a return to the psychoanalytic concept of disavowal, which forms the basis of the vertical split. Goldberg explores the developmental circumstances that tend to a reliance on disavowal, provides numerous examples of the emergence of disavowal in the treatment situation, and considers the therapeutic approaches through which disavowal may be addressed. He is especially perceptive in discussing the manner in which the therapist’s own tendency to disavow may collusively interact with that of the patient.

Goldberg considers the full range of splits to which disavowal gives rise, from circumscribed instances of dissociation to the much-debated multiple personality disorders. He gives special attention to the role of the vertical split in patients with behavior disorders; here his thoughtful insights point to a treatment approach that significantly differs both from the simple ascription of a ‘self disorder’ and from the usual pedagogical emphasis on issues of self-control and/or punishment. As Goldberg shows, the repugnance felt by many therapists for offensive behaviors emanating from the patient’s parallel self are frequently shared by the patient, who commonly despises misbehavior that he is unable to understand. Being of Two Minds begins to formulate just such understanding, to the great benefit of patient and therapist alike.

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Jul 202016

Depathologizing Psychopathology: The Neuroscience of Mental Illness and Its Treatment

By (author): Theodore Wasserman, Lori Drucker Wasserman

This brief, accessible treatise harnesses the neurophysiological processes of learning to create an innovative and powerful approach to therapy. It sets out a non-pathologizing alternative not only to the current medicalized conception of diagnosis and treatment but also to the labeling of relatively normal reactions to stressors and upsets as illnesses. Rooted in the neurobiology of human learning, the book’s approach to treatment, Neuro-Cognitive Learning Therapy, characterizes maladaptive behavior patterns as learned responses to upsetting conditions?processes which can be unlearned. In addition, the coverage includes a clinical teaching guide for bringing NCLT theory and methods into the training curriculum.

This groundbreaking volume:

  • Proposes a non-stigmatizing learning model for therapy, Neuro-Cognitive Learning Therapy.
  • Introduces the concept of the connectome and explains its critical role in mental health and illness.
  • Differentiates between the unconscious and automaticity in cognition and behavior.
  • Addresses the applicability of NCLT to biologically-based mental disorders.
  • Offers case studies illustrating NCLT in contrast with commonly-used approaches.
  • Includes a chapter-by-chapter clinical teaching guide with therapeutic principles and discussion questions.
  • Provides a comprehensive therapeutic framework for practitioners of all orientations.

Depathologizing Psychopathology gives neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and child and school psychologists new ways of thinking about mental illness and learning about learning for a bold new step in the evolution of mind/brain knowledge.

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Jul 202016

Enactment: Toward a New Approach to the Therapeutic Relationship (Library of Clinical Psychoanalysis)

For many therapists it has replaced previous action terms such as acting in and acting out. Something new has been captured by this concept: a recognition of a process that may involve words but goes beyond words. For some, enactment addresses a continuous undercurrent in the interaction between patient and therapist in the realm of intersubjectivity. Others ask whether this concept adds either clarity or a new perspective to the clinical situation. This volume addresses the questions: Does the current focus on enactments entail a shift in our model of therapeutic change? Are enactments essential? Can they be dangerous, and if so, under what circumstances? Enactment is essential reading for all psychotherapists.
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Jul 192016

Introducing Psychology for Nurses & Healthcare Professionals

By (author): Dominic Upton

Introducing Psychology for Nurses and Healthcare Professionalsis a refreshingly engaging, and accessible introduction to psychology written specifically to support nurses and other medical and health care professionals, such as Midwives and Care Assistants, in both their studies and in practice. Assumingno previous knowledge, the text emphasizes the importance of understanding the psychological thought and action of patients in order for nursing and healthcare professionals to provide appropriate and satisfactory patient care in practice. The seven chapters cover psychology topics relevant to nursing and health care including the various psychological approaches and how they can be applied, psychology across the lifespan, the psychology of communication, cognitive psychology, the basis of psychological thought and action, and the psychology of stress and pain. In addition to being an ideal introductory text for all pre-registration nursing courses, this book is also suitable for those in practice requiring a refresher or reference text.
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Jul 182016

Diagnosing and Treating Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

By (author): Brande Flamez, Carl J. Sheperis

A guide to treating mental health issues in children and adolescents

Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals is a resource tailored to the particular needs of current and future counselors, behavioral healthcare clinicians, and other helping professionals working with this vulnerable population. With in-depth content broken into two sections, this book first provides a foundation in the diagnostic process by covering the underlying principles of diagnosis and treatment planning, and then applies this framework to the DSM-5 categories related to children and adolescents. With research continually reshaping our understanding of mental health, it is critical mental health professionals make decisions based on evidence-based pathways that include the specialized research around children and adolescents. The leading experts who contributed to this book share contemporary perspectives on developmental considerations, assessment information, presenting symptoms, comorbidity, levels of severity, prevalence data, and other relevant factors.

  • Structured content of chapters provides a crosswalk between the DSM-5 and this book
  • Updated content based upon the changes, additions, and revisions to the DSM-5 that affect diagnosis, assessment, and treatment
  • Pedagogical features, such as learning objectives, case studies, guided practice exercises, and additional resources, to support effective learning

Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Clinical and School Settings is a critical resource for mental health practitioners and graduate students working toward a career in a mental health profession.

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Jul 162016

Work Stress and Health in a Globalized Economy: The Model of Effort-Reward Imbalance (Aligning Perspectives on Health, Safety and Well-Being)

This book provides a comprehensive, updated summary of research evidence on the effects of stressful working and employment conditions on workers’ health, as based on one of the worldwide leading theoretical models, effort-reward imbalance. It offers three innovative features that are appealing for research as well as for policy. 

Firstly, it presents and discusses comparable research findings from different continents, in particular from Japan, China, and Latin America. Secondly, it extends the conceptual framework of research on this topic by analysing associations of work stress with health in a life course perspective, and by linking these associations to the macro-level of national labour and social policies. Thirdly, the book helps to strengthen programs and policies that aim at promoting healthy work locally, nationally, and internationally, by providing solid facts on which such programs can be based.

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Jul 162016

A Community Health Approach to the Assessment of Infants and their Parents: The CARE Programme

By (author): Kevin D. Browne, Jo Douglas, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis, Jean Hegarty

This book is a practical guide to the CARE programme, a home visiting programme that aims to assess infants? growth, development and psycho-social transitions in their first year of life and that together with the Index of Need checklist aims to engage parents in risk assessment. It provides evidence-based research for the programme, and gives clinical examples of how to use the assessment tools (including the Index of Need) and how to work with parents. The authors take a ?partnership with parents? approach throughout, while bearing in mind the practical workload issues that practitioners face.
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Jul 152016

Atlas Nurses in Mental Health 2007

By (author): World Health Organization

Even though mental health nursing is a critical issue for most countries, there has been very little published information about mental health nursing. This new publication from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) summarizes information on nurses and mental health collected from 172 countries around the world.

The mental health nursing survey asked selected respondents within countries to report on nurses working in various mental health settings. The survey also collected information on the content and extent of both undergraduate and graduate level mental health training for nurses in countries. The report includes data summarizing information from countries grouped by geographic region and by country income levels.

In general, the difference in the number of mental health nurses per capita in low versus high income countries is substantial. Also, there are fewer community mental health facilities in low and middle income countries and a higher percentage of the mental health nurses work in mental hospitals in these countries.

The open-ended comments revealed serious concerns about mental health nursing in low and middle income countries. The overall conclusion is that there is not enough mental health service in primary care in the community and there are not enough nurses trained to provide mental health services.

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